A Magnificently Artistic Antique Israeli Pictorial Bezalel Rachel’s Tomb Rug, Country of Origin / Rugs Type: Antique Israeli Rugs, Circa Date: 1920 – This antique Israeli Bezalel rug was produced in the 1920’s and pictures the famed Matriarch burial site of Rachel’s tomb. This pictorial rug features a place that is sacred and represents the story of Rachel and the moral ideals that she stands for in Judaic lore.
This antique Judiaca rug was designed by an art student who too a course in rug weaving at the Bezalel Art School in Jerusalem. The artists Jewish roots can be seen in the many different motifs such as the border which is filled with Stars of David with the word “Zion” written in calligraphy within the center of each one.
This remarkable antique Israeli rug uses browns, greens, and earth tones to recreate a view of Rachel’s Tomb. The rug artist used perspective to convey give the feeling that the viewer is looking at the tomb from a distance. The artist used a vanishing point, a horizon line, and overlapping elements to convey a sense of distance. The artist also used perspective to create a rendition that is meant to be realistic. The entire Israeli rug gives the sense that the viewer is looking out a window and viewing the sacred space.
Flanking the central image of Rachel’s Tomb, we see two towering Menorahs – an iconic image within the Jewish faith. Under the right menorah design appears the word “Bezalel” while under the left one we the word “Jerusalem”.
The Hebrew signature at the very top reads “Rachel’s Tomb”. While under the central image of the tomb we see the biblical passage from Jeremiah 31:15:
“A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation and bitter weeping. Rachel is weeping for her children”
This antique Israeli pictorial Bezalel Rachel’s Tomb rug would make a beautiful addition to any collection of Judaic art. Both the subject matter and the formal artistic training of the artist make this a beautiful and unique antique rug. It will be certain to be the focal point of the room and the focal point of many hours of conversation to come. This Israeli Bezalel Rachel’s Tomb rug is a piece that will become a family heirloom to be passed on through the generations.